Conference Program & Schedule

Thursday, May 30

12:30-2:00 pm
Exploring Maine Wabanaki History
Bodwell Lounge, Collins Center for the Arts

Prior to the formal start of the conference, join Maine-Wabanaki REACH for this interactive program, co-sponsored by the Friends (Quaker) Committee on Maine Public Policy and the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations. Space is limited for this event, so please pre-register online.

2:00-3:00 pm
Conference Registration
Lobby, Collins Center for the Arts

2:00-5:00 pm
Tour Wabanaki Exhibits
Hudson Museum, Collins Center for the Arts

3:00-4:30 pm
Panel #1: Maine Indians and the Maine State Constitution
Bodwell Lounge, Collins Center for the Arts

  • John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations
  • James Francis, Director, Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Department
  • Donna Loring, LHD, Penobscot Tribal Elder and Penobscot Tribal Council Member
  • Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot Nation Citizen, Indigenous Rights Attorney, Author, Teacher
  • Darren Ranco, University of Maine

4:30-5:30 pm
Conference Reception
Miller’s Café, Collins Center for the Arts

5:30-6:45 pm
Crosscurrents: The DaPonte String Quartet Explores the Mixed Musics of Early Maine
Minsky Recital Hall, Class of 1944 Hall

Unless you are an accepted conference presenter, a ticket must be purchased separately from the conference registration for this event. For tickets, please visit the Collins Center’s website.

7:00 pm
Dinner for conference participants
1833 Barn, Page Farm and Home Museum

Friday, May 31

8:00 am
Coffee and Light Pastries
Wells Conference Center

8:30-10:00 am
Panel #2: The Maine-Missouri Crisis and the Politics of Slavery
Wells Conference Center

  • Mary T. Freeman, University of Maine
  • Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University
  • Diane Mutti-Burke, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Patrick Rael, Chair, Bowdoin

10:00-10:30 am

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Panel #3: Circulating Images: The Production, Distribution & Reception of Visual Culture During the Statehood Era
Wells Conference Center

  • Bernard Fishman, Maine State Museum
  • Martha McNamara, Wellesley
  • Kevin Murphy, Vanderbilt University
  • Justin Wolff, University of Maine

12:00-1:00 pm
Wells Conference Center

1:30-3:00 pm
Panel #4: The Madawaska Territory and the Aftermath of Statehood
Bodwell Lounge, Collins Center for the Arts

  • Béatrice Craig, University of Ottawa
  • Elizabeth Mancke, University of New Brunswick
  • Lise Pelletier, University of Maine-Fort Kent
  • Lisa Lavoie, independent scholar, Aroostook County
  • Guy Dubai, independent scholar, Aroostook County

2:30-4:30 pm
Maine History Festival and Reception
Hudson Museum, Collins Center for the Arts

Simultaneous book-exhibit style and poster presentations by cultural organizations, as well as student research about Maine statehood, commemoration, and its broad legacy. Organized in partnership with the Osher Map Library, National History Day in Maine, and the Maine Historical Society.

5:00 pm
Keynote Event
Room 100, Corbett Hall

  • Alan Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair, University of Virginia
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary Professor, Harvard University

7:15 pm
Dinner for Conference and Maine History Festival presenters
McIntire Room, Buchanan Alumni House

Saturday, June 1

8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
Wells Conference Center

8:30-10:00 am
Panel #5: The Maine Centennial in 1920: Commemoration and Remembrance through Photography
Wells Conference Center

  • Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum
  • Micah Pawling, University of Maine
  • Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr, Maine State Historian

10:00-10:30 am

10:30 am-12:30 pm
Panel #6: Pine Tree Songscape: Historic Music of the Folk of Maine
Wells Conference Center

  • Laura Artesani, University of Maine
  • James Moreira, University of Maine-Machias, chair
  • Kristopher Paprocki, Pembroke, Charlotte & Perry Schools
  • Stephen N. Sanfilippo, Maine Maritime Academy, retired

12:30 pm

1:30-3:30 pm
Panel #7: Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots
Wells Conference Center

  • Gerald Amero, Pierce Atwood, retired
  • Richard Barring, Maine Bureau of Public Lands and Muskie School of Public Service, retired
  • Thomas Urquhart, Maine Audubon Society, retired, chair
  • Martin Will, Maine Attorney General’s Office, retired

3:30 pm
Coffee and light snack

4:00 pm
Concert by the Bangor Band
Wells Conference Center

The Bangor Band had its inaugural performance in 1859 and is one of the oldest continuously operating community bands in the United States.